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    • New status by daviding April 1, 2019
      Afternoon break in 200-year-old mid-lake pavilion included zhong, quail eggs, kumquats, sesame peanut blocks, preserved plums. Following afternoon visiting two art museums, the snack re-energized us into discussing philosophy, following the tradition of those frequenting Chinese teahouses. (Yuyuan Tea House, Yu Garden, Shanghai, PR China) 20190331 @marcocataffo
    • New status by daviding April 1, 2019
      Here in Shanghai, @marcocataffo has a Thinkpad T430 , which I've now brought up to date with Manjaro Linux (and Kubuntu LTS as a backup) alongside Windows 7. He's now 2 days jet lagged from Italy. Eventually, maybe @antlerboy will meet somewhere.
    • daviding shared a status by antlerboy@mastodon.social February 9, 2019
      @daviding Wittgenstein:"6.54 My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.)"
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      Dinner with @rms @fsf inviting the activists #CivicTechTO to gain some insight into discussions on privacy concerns #QuaysideToronto. We outlined but didn't delved into the complexity of three levels of government involved in #WaterfrontTO. (Royal Myanmar, Homer Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario) 20190208
    • New status by daviding January 24, 2019
      Each of us can find different meaning from the same words. > The poetic prose of ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, for example, is a stunning piece of compressed thought and meaning with a deft touch of humour: ”The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you’ve gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. […]
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    • Contextual dyadic thinking (Lee, 2017)
      Contextual dyadic thinking is proposed by Keekok Lee in her 2017 The Philosophical Foundations of Classical Chinese Medicine. This is as a way of appreciating Chinese implicit logic, as an alternative to dualistic thinking that has developed over centuries in Western philosophy.
    • Dao, de, wei, wuwei (Lai 2003)
      Appreciating wei and wuwei has led to the context of dao and de, in the writings of Karyn L. Lai. The scholarly review acknowledges prior interpretations of de and dao.
    • Engineering Resilience vs. Ecological Resilience (Holling, 1996)
      For @theNASciences in 1996, #CSHolling clarified definitions of resilience, with engineering seeking one equilibrium state, while ecology recognizes many. Those who emphasize the near-equilibrium definition of engineering resilience, for example, draw predominantly from traditions of deductive mathematical theory (Pimm,. 1984) where simplified, untouched ecological systems are imagined, or from traditions of engineering, where the motive […]
    • Service coproductions as reciprocal activities
      In addition to extrinsic economic exchange, #JohnMCarroll #JiaweiChen #ChienWenTinaYuan #BenjaminHanrahan @ISTatPENNSTATE say service coproductions relying on all participants to collaborate in both economic exchange and social exchange. Service coproduction is a special case of service provision in which the roles of service provider and service recipient both require active participation. Examples include healthcare, education, and […]
    • Science and Society in East and West | Joseph Needham | 2004
      In researching #SystemsChange, fundamental differences in science and philosophy in the west and the Chinese were surfaced by #JosephNeedham. A useful translation of wéi and wú wéi (i.e. 為 and 無為 , or 为 and 无为) is the ways of "human will" and "nature" as juxtaposed.
    • Wiki as computational platform
      Thinking forward on #federatedwiki, rather than backwards by @wardcunningham. > [Federated wiki] is a computational platform for the collaborative construction of things that work and will continue to work as platform technology evolves underneath it. > Too much thinking about wiki as a note-taking system will just hold it back.
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    • 2019/03 Moments March 2019
      Month of intensive lectures and research meetings, in Toronto and then in Shanghai, with social breaks on local excursions to clear minds.
    • 2019/02 Moments February 2019
      Reduced exercise outside with a cold and snowy February, with excursions out of the house to warm places with family, friends and colleagues.
    • 2019/01 Moments January 2019
      January in Toronto has lots of intellectual offerings and artistic exhibitions to attract the curious out of warm homes, through cold and snow.
    • 2018/12 Moments December 2018
      Tried to have a normal month, with a busy social calendar of birthdays, a funeral plus Christmas season, while daily temperatures hovered just above freezing.
    • 2018/11 Moments November 2011
      Mentally busy month with a conference coming to town, and maintaining the regular pattern of local meetings, travel around town only by bicycle.
    • 2018/10 Moments October 2018
      October had more bicycling cross-town as fall temperatures declined, plus a 6-day trip to Portland Oregon for pattern language conferences.
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    Negotiating Order with Generative Pattern Language

    Positioning “A Pattern Language” more like “Creating Order of”, then “The Timeless Way of Building” more like “Negotiating Order with”, was a productive framing to discuss the systems theory inside Christopher Alexander’s thinking (as well as positioning “The Nature of Order“).

    The purpose of a workshop on “Negotiating Order with Generative Pattern Language” at PLoP 2017 was to open up discussions that could deepen the foundational understanding in linkages between pattern language and systems thinking. At least three of us routed to Vancouver BC for a Monday morning start, in a quick trip from the Purplsoc meeting in Austria that finished on Saturday.  The PLoP program emphasizing writers’ workshops meant that our 90-minute dialogue didn’t conflict with any presentations.

    On the audio recording, active participants in the sensemaking included Helene Finidori and Christian Kohls.  With a more relaxed pace, the open time after the slides were completed allowed some pattern language novices to also have questions answered.

    PLoP 2017

    The frame for discussion was slides that had previously been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    The digital audio recording has been matched up with slides, for a less ambiguous viewing as a web video.

    Positioning “A Pattern Language” more like “Creating Order of”, then “The Timeless Way of Building” more like “Negotiating Order with”, was a productive framing to discuss the systems theory inside Christopher Alexander’s thinking (as well as positioning “The Nature of Order“).

    The purpose of a workshop on “Negotiating Order with Generative Pattern Language” at PLoP 2017 was to open up discussions that could deepen the foundational understanding in linkages between pattern language and systems thinking. At least three of us routed to Vancouver BC for a Monday morning start, in a quick trip from the Purplsoc meeting in Austria that finished on Saturday.  The PLoP program emphasizing writers’ workshops meant that our 90-minute dialogue didn’t conflict with any presentations.

    On the audio recording, active participants in the sensemaking included Helene Finidori and Christian Kohls.  With a more relaxed pace, the open time after the slides were completed allowed some pattern language novices to also have questions answered.

    PLoP 2017

    The frame for discussion was slides that had previously been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    The digital audio recording has been matched up with slides, for a less ambiguous viewing as a web video.

    Exploring the Context of Pattern Languages

    Pattern language is not for wicked problems, said Max Jacobson, coauthor with Christopher Alexander of the 1977 A Pattern Language: Towns, Building, Construction.  In addition, the conventional definition of an Alexandrian pattern as “a solution to a problem in context” when applied to social change might better use the term “intervention”, rather than “solution”.

    These are two of the major ideas that emerged at Purplsoc 2017 conference last October.  A 90-minute workshop was run in parallel with other breakouts.

    For about the first hour, vocal participants included Max Jacobson (who had given a plenary talk on “A Building is not a Turkish Carpet“), Christian Kohls (who gave a plenary talk on “Patterns for Creative Space“) and Peter Baumgarnter (one of the Purlpsoc chairs).

    As an impetus to discussion, we stepped through slides that had been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    For people who would like the next-best experience to being there, the slides have now been matched up with the digital audio recording, for viewing as a web video.

    For devices decoupled from the Internet, downloadable video files are portable.

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    Acts of representation with systems thinking (OCADU 2017/03)

    For the “Understanding Systems & Systemic Design” course in the program for the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, the lecture slides were the same for both the full-time cohort on March 8 and part-time cohort on March 9, while the oral presentation varied.  The target, in about 90 minutes, was to cover at least 4 of 5 sections, from:

    • 1. Architecting ↔ designing
    • 2. Service systems ← production systems
    • 3. Affordances ↔ pattern language
    • 4. Ecological anthropology ← teleology
    • 5. Inquiring systems ↔ methods

    The students were alerted that some of the arrows in the section headings were double-headed, and some were single-headed — with specific meanings.  For each day, the classroom audio was recorded.  That digital audio has now been synchronized with slides that had previously been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    This session was #8 of 15 lectures for the OCADU SFI students.  They had already done some basic reading on systems approaches.  Since they were working towards a Major Research Project (a lighter weight form of a thesis) for their Master of Design degree, my overall agenda for this lecture was to have them reflect on acts of representation.   Systems have already been represented to them in a variety of forms:  textually, orally and visually.  For their Major Research Projects, they would be creating detailed representations, as ways of having their audience appreciate the in-depth study of the world and issues selected for the term.

    For the “Understanding Systems & Systemic Design” course in the program for the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, the lecture slides were the same for both the full-time cohort on March 8 and part-time cohort on March 9, while the oral presentation varied.  The target, in about 90 minutes, was to cover at least 4 of 5 sections, from:

    • 1. Architecting ↔ designing
    • 2. Service systems ← production systems
    • 3. Affordances ↔ pattern language
    • 4. Ecological anthropology ← teleology
    • 5. Inquiring systems ↔ methods

    The students were alerted that some of the arrows in the section headings were double-headed, and some were single-headed — with specific meanings.  For each day, the classroom audio was recorded.  That digital audio has now been synchronized with slides that had previously been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    This session was #8 of 15 lectures for the OCADU SFI students.  They had already done some basic reading on systems approaches.  Since they were working towards a Major Research Project (a lighter weight form of a thesis) for their Master of Design degree, my overall agenda for this lecture was to have them reflect on acts of representation.   Systems have already been represented to them in a variety of forms:  textually, orally and visually.  For their Major Research Projects, they would be creating detailed representations, as ways of having their audience appreciate the in-depth study of the world and issues selected for the term.

    Service Systems Thinking, with Generative Pattern Language (Metropolia 2016/12)

    Teaching methods in a master’s class is different from lecturing on theory.  There’s more emphasis on how, with why subsequently provided as the need for that arises.  Since I had given a dense 20-minute theoretical talk in the month earlier, the invitation from Satu Teerikangas to the program in International Service Business Management was an opportunity to stretch out at a more leisurely pace with students, as they’re preparing for thesis work.

    The 3 hours class was conducted in parts:

    • (A) Introductory lecturing for 85 minutes on …
      • 1. Architecting versus designing
      • 2. Alexandrian example → services
    • (B) Faciliated learning, for 55 minutes, with an …
      • 3. Exercise:  trying out pattern language
    • (C) Contextual lecturing for 23 minutes, on …
      • 4. Systems thinking + service systems
      • 5. Ignorance and errors

    The classroom interaction was recorded in audio, and is complemented by slides that had been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    coevolving.com/commons/20161202-service-systems-thinking-generative-pattern-language

    For people who prefer the real-time experience of being in a classroom, video and audio are provided, below.

    Teaching methods in a master’s class is different from lecturing on theory.  There’s more emphasis on how, with why subsequently provided as the need for that arises.  Since I had given a dense 20-minute theoretical talk in the month earlier, the invitation from Satu Teerikangas to the program in International Service Business Management was an opportunity to stretch out at a more leisurely pace with students, as they’re preparing for thesis work.

    The 3 hours class was conducted in parts:

    • (A) Introductory lecturing for 85 minutes on …
      • 1. Architecting versus designing
      • 2. Alexandrian example → services
    • (B) Faciliated learning, for 55 minutes, with an …
      • 3. Exercise:  trying out pattern language
    • (C) Contextual lecturing for 23 minutes, on …
      • 4. Systems thinking + service systems
      • 5. Ignorance and errors

    The classroom interaction was recorded in audio, and is complemented by slides that had been posted on the Coevolving Commons.

    coevolving.com/commons/20161202-service-systems-thinking-generative-pattern-language

    For people who prefer the real-time experience of being in a classroom, video and audio are provided, below.

    Pattern Manual for Service Systems Thinking

    At the PUARL Conference 2016, a proposal was made on adapting pattern language for service systems thinking.  In 1967, Christopher Alexander published Pattern Manual at the founding of the Center for Environmental Structure, describing a pattern format for physical built environments.  While we can learn a lot from the nearly 50 years work originating at the CES, service systems have features beyond physicality that suggest reconsidering some of the foundations of pattern language.

    An article for discussion was accepted into the proceedings for the PUARL conference.  The 20-minute presentation quickly covered the following topics:

    • 1. Pattern Manual 1967 + Service Systems
    • 2. Alexandrian example → services
    • 3. Methods clarified since 1973
    • 4. A new format:  amplifying, rephilosophizing, reinterpreting prior doxa
    • 5. Generating and legitimizing in communities

    Slides have been added over the audio recording to produce a video presentation.

    Audio [20161029_PUARL_Ing_PatternManualS2T.mp3]
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    For people who prefer visuals at their own pace, the slides are posted on the Coevolving Commons.  The video is available on Youtube.

    At the PUARL Conference 2016, a proposal was made on adapting pattern language for service systems thinking.  In 1967, Christopher Alexander published Pattern Manual at the founding of the Center for Environmental Structure, describing a pattern format for physical built environments.  While we can learn a lot from the nearly 50 years work originating at the CES, service systems have features beyond physicality that suggest reconsidering some of the foundations of pattern language.

    An article for discussion was accepted into the proceedings for the PUARL conference.  The 20-minute presentation quickly covered the following topics:

    • 1. Pattern Manual 1967 + Service Systems
    • 2. Alexandrian example → services
    • 3. Methods clarified since 1973
    • 4. A new format:  amplifying, rephilosophizing, reinterpreting prior doxa
    • 5. Generating and legitimizing in communities

    Slides have been added over the audio recording to produce a video presentation.

    Audio [20161029_PUARL_Ing_PatternManualS2T.mp3]
    (20MB, 20m19s)
    [20161029_PUARL_Ing_PatternManualS2T_3db.mp3]
    (volume boosted 3db, 20MB, 20m19s)
    [20161029_PUARL_Ing_PatternManualS2T_6db.mp3]
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    Video HD (20m19s)
    H.264 MP4 [1280×720 384Kbps m4v]
    (70MB)
    [1280×720 5000Kbps m4v]
    (76MB)
    WebM [1280×720 110Kbps webm]
    (34MB)
    [1280×720 826Kbps webm]
    (153MB)

    For people who prefer visuals at their own pace, the slides are posted on the Coevolving Commons.  The video is available on Youtube.

    An Introduction to Service Systems Thinking

    A lecture for the Master’s Program in Industrial Management at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was an opportunity to talk about the research that has been brewing over the past 18+ months, from the basics.  These students were unlikely to have heard much about (i) systems thinking; (ii) service systems, (iii) generative pattern language, or (iv) federated wiki.

    Coming to Metropolia in 2015 was like a return home.  In 2006, the institution was named Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, and I collaborated on starting up the curriculum as part of the Rendez project.  In recent years, I haven’t been so involved.  As I was planning a trip to Europe this fall, I discovered that Satu Teerikangas had returned from teaching at UCL in the UK to Finland, becoming the Head of the Industrial Management Program.  My itinerary coincided well with the course dates, so I pulled together a presentation from the evolving ideas over the last year.  The audience would be a combination of students from the Industrial Management program and the Logistics program.

    The session was conducted in two parts, each slightly under 60 minutes.  The first part covered:

    • 1. What could Service Systems Thinking be?
    • 2. Systems Thinking
    • 3. SSMED (Service Science, Management, Engineering and Design)

    Part 1 Audio [20151002_1300_Metropolia_Ing_ServiceSystemsThinking.mp3]
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    In the second part after the break, the agenda covered:

    • 4. Generative Pattern Language
    • 5. Multiple Perspectives Open Collaboration (federated wiki)
    • 6. Context that are coevolving?

    A lecture for the Master’s Program in Industrial Management at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was an opportunity to talk about the research that has been brewing over the past 18+ months, from the basics.  These students were unlikely to have heard much about (i) systems thinking; (ii) service systems, (iii) generative pattern language, or (iv) federated wiki.

    Coming to Metropolia in 2015 was like a return home.  In 2006, the institution was named Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, and I collaborated on starting up the curriculum as part of the Rendez project.  In recent years, I haven’t been so involved.  As I was planning a trip to Europe this fall, I discovered that Satu Teerikangas had returned from teaching at UCL in the UK to Finland, becoming the Head of the Industrial Management Program.  My itinerary coincided well with the course dates, so I pulled together a presentation from the evolving ideas over the last year.  The audience would be a combination of students from the Industrial Management program and the Logistics program.

    The session was conducted in two parts, each slightly under 60 minutes.  The first part covered:

    • 1. What could Service Systems Thinking be?
    • 2. Systems Thinking
    • 3. SSMED (Service Science, Management, Engineering and Design)

    Part 1 Audio [20151002_1300_Metropolia_Ing_ServiceSystemsThinking.mp3]
    (55MB, 57m02s)
    Part 1 Video (58m06s) nHD
    HD
    H.264 MP4 [640×360
    724Kbps m4v] (316MB)
    [1280×720
    1938Kbps m4v] (845MB)
    [1280×720
    5445Kbps mp4] (2.4GB)
    WebM [1280×720
    1006Kbps webm] (439MB)

    In the second part after the break, the agenda covered:

    • 4. Generative Pattern Language
    • 5. Multiple Perspectives Open Collaboration (federated wiki)
    • 6. Context that are coevolving?

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